We have come to the end of the Easter season and have entered that long span of Ordinary Time that will take us all the way to the Season of Advent. Today’s Gospel should remind us, though, that the thought of Our Lord’s crucifixion and His resurrection should never be far from us. And in a certain way, it is something we both anticipate and remember.
Christ’s incarnation, earthly ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension are all historical facts. They are events that happened at a specific time and at a specific place. They are completely natural events, but they are not merely natural events, for there is also a supernatural element to them. Clearly, whenever you deal with God Himself, there is – by definition – a supernatural element at work.
And so we remember the events of that specific time and place and we thank God for the possibility of our own salvation, which we anticipate and which is possible only because of Christ and His salvific work.
The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord is the central point of Creation. All of history points to it, and all of history flows from it. And not just history, but all of reality, too. We are never far removed from it. James and John did not understand this when they asked to sit at the right and the left of Christ; they did not understand exactly for what they were asking.
How often are all of us guilty of the same sort of sin? We want, but we don’t know exactly what it is that we are asking. Give me, Lord, a little more. Give me, My God, the better part.
If we truly wanted the better part, our prayer would be this: Make me, Lord, your slave. Make me, Lord, the servant of all.
Christ Crucified is the center of reality; the central point of time and space – the salvific work of Our Lord is the beginning and the end of what is real. If we want to be a part of what is real, then our lives must be a reflection of this reality and we must serve others as Christ served us, ready to give even our lives if that is what God asks of us.
Let us pray always for the grace to ask God to make us servants of all and to lead us ever closer to that center of all that is real: Christ Crucified.